Common nightmares that everyone experiences at some point include showing up in public settings like work or school absolutely naked or sweating profusely in front of other people.
But what can you do if these fears carry over into reality? You can put on clothing if you’re naked, but what do you do if you find yourself sweating excessively? Understanding why this happens can then help you find options that can help you.
What is palmar hyperhidrosis?
Excessively sweaty palms and feet are tied to a medical condition known as palmar hyperhidrosis (also known as palmar hydrosis). It affects men and women and can start at any age.
The sweating is often unpredictable, which can add embarrassment and render this condition highly upsetting. It is thought that palmar hyperhidrosis is caused by hyperactivity of the local sympathetic nervous system. This system is responsible for involuntary reactions to stressful situations.
The excessive sweating is involuntary and can be triggered spontaneously, which only exacerbates how disruptive it can be. So what can someone who has palmar hyperhidrosis do to keep it under control?
Palmar hyperhidrosis in-office treatment options
The experts at Valley Skin Institute have several options available to help address palmar hyperhidrosis and prevent the undesired occurrence of sweaty palms and feet.
One option that people start with is to apply prescription-strength antiperspirant to dry hands and feet before bedtime. Over time, there may be less sweating on the palms and feet. This is the least invasive approach to try and address these symptoms.
Patients can use prescription medication for special occasions like a prom, job interview, first dates, and other significant events. However, there is no daily medication available to control palmar hyperhidrosis.
If antiperspirant doesn’t work to control the disorder, you may try iontophoresis. In this procedure, a mild electrical current is passed over your skin in water; the minerals and ions work together to thicken your skin and block the sweat from coming out.
Yet another option for managing sweaty palms and feet receiving botox (botulinum toxin A) injections in the palms, which effectively paralyze the sweat glands and stop them from functioning. Although these injections can be painful, they can also be very effective at managing palmar hyperhidrosis symptoms.
Of course, you may try a combination of these approaches to find relief. But if none of these approaches work, you might need surgery.
Surgery for palmar hyperhidrosis
If these do not work, there is one more option available to patients: surgery. Endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy (ETS) involves using a laparoscopic camera to find the nerves that stimulate the parts of the body that are sweating too much and then surgically cutting them so that they stop transmitting the signals that turn on the sweat glands into overdrive.
Sometimes, palmar hyperhidrosis is disruptive enough that this surgery is needed. However, it is a major surgery that occurs under general anesthesia, so it should be used as a last resort.
Ready to face your sweaty palms and feet?
If you think you have palmar hyperhidrosis, why wait any longer to be seen by a doctor? Stop facing embarrassment and discomfort; take action to reduce your sweating. Request an appointment today, and see what Valley Skin Institute can do to help you live your best self.